A Wisconsin police officer was knocked unconscious by a kick to the head while struggling with another suspect and might have fared worse had it not been for a citizen who came to render aid.
Authorities in the city of Portage say Officers Brian Loewenhagen and Eric Walters were trying arrest 21-year-old Jacob Hellenbrand on Sunday evening for a probation violation when 21-year-old Olivia Boomsma started punching Loewenhagen when he tried putting Hellenbrand in handcuffs.
On icy ground, Walters and Boomsma fell to the ground during the struggle and Hellenbrand kicked Walters in the head, knocking him unconscious onto the frigid Wisconsin ground.
“The kick was so powerful that it literally knocked Walters out. And we watched the dashcam this morning. And he was unconscious for over two minutes,” said Portage Chief of Police Kenneth Manthey.
Suddenly, certified medical assistant Vanessa Guerra raced over to the scuffle, attempting to render aid to the wounded officer.
As she was doing so, Boomsma began fighting Loewenhagen, stating she had a knife in her pocket.
“When I heard the word knife, at that point it’s going to be you or me. At that point it was her,” Guerra said.
Slamming Boomsma into the wall with great force, Guerra later said that it was all instinctual.
“I’m in the medical profession. When you get into that mode, you’re there for your patients, you’re there for the person that you see in need. And that’s what you do.”
According to WKOW, both officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Hellenbrand and Boomsma are facing felon charges of battery to a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Both are being held at the Columbia County Jail.
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